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What season are you in?

What season are you in?
 

What season is it?

A few weeks ago I walked out of class and it was 60 degrees.  Seriously, 60 degrees in January… it was awesome.  I’m sure you felt the same way.  The sun was shining, I could feel it’s warmth on my face, and before I knew it I was dreaming of summer.  However, it didn’t last long.   As I sit at my computer just two weeks later, looking out the front windows of my home, it’s snowing and bitterly cold.  Ugh! There’s part of me that just wants winter to make up its mind, but there’s another part of me that loves these little tastes of summer reminding me that winter won’t last forever.

I’ve found over the years that our spiritual lives often mirror those seasons.  Our souls experience a rhythm similar to the movement of winter, spring, summer, and autumn.

Recently I was sitting with dear friends reflecting and discussing the most recent season in my life.  It is pretty clear that just in the last six months I have moved into Spring.  For the first time in a long time, I see in color again.  Healing, gratefulness, and a new found hope capture how my soul feels at the moment.  But to be honest, I thought it would never come.

For the past six years I had been experiencing a long winter.  It was like nothing I have ever known.  Cold, dark, and lonely, it seemed as if God had departed from me.  And then, all of a sudden one day the sky lifted.  Hope, gratefulness, and a renewed thankfulness for life all abound again.  Deeply thankful, I can look back and see how God has been at work in both seasons, and I know I am not alone.

Each of you are in a season as well, and understanding the season your soul is extremely helpful in connecting to how God is currently at work in your life.

All of creation has rhythms…

  • Day dissolves into night
  • Tides come in and then go out
  • There are celebrations of life and then the loss of death
  • There are days, weeks, months, years
  • And of course there are seasons

Thoughts for the Seasons

“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Winter is a gray time.

The leaves have long since blown away, and the ground is cold and hard.  Often winter is a season of darkness where pain, discouragement, frustration, loss, and grief can become your companion.  The weight of this time can often lead to weariness and hopelessness.  Keys to know about the winter season….

  • A time to grieve
  • All you see is a colorless world
  • God seems distant
  • Allow yourself to be still in this season, don’t try to escape.
Spring brings forth new birth.

This is the time for new beginnings and amazing growth.  What was lying beneath the surface and seemingly dead has now been brought to life.  All of us have places in our lives which are broken and deep wounds which need mended and healed.  The cold dark landscape of winter gives way to growth and beauty.  Keys to know about the spring season….

  • A time to heal
  • All you see is growth and beauty
  • God presents Himself in new ways
  • Allow this season to bring something new into your life
Summer is a time of celebration.

In summer we find sunshine and long days of playfulness.  This is the time in your life when everything seems to be right.  God is near, we are emotionally healthy, and relationships are full of life.  Weddings, births, and new beginnings are celebrated.  Keys to know about the summer season….

  • A time to laugh and play
  • All you see is colors and life
  • You feel surrounded by God and His love
  • Allow yourself to celebrate this season, enjoy and be grateful
Autumn is a time of letting go.

It is when God calls us to surrender. The warmth of the summer gives way to the cool autumn air.  A tearing away or a letting go is in process.  The picture during this season is a leaf floating to the ground.  Letting go can come in many different forms.  For some of us it is saying good bye to a great friend or colleague, while yet others it is saying good bye to a bad habit.  Keys to know about the autumn season….

  • A time to let go
  • All you see is loss
  • God is calling you to release something
  • Allow yourself to tear, feel the emotion of the potential loss

All of our souls are in one season or another.

In what season do you find your soul?

If you were to think about the four seasons, which would resonate most with your soul?  Are you in a time of releasing, or in a time of embracing something?  Know that regardless of the season you find yourself in, God is at the center.  Seasons last in different lengths.  No one season is the same amount of time for two people.  God chooses the length based off of what He wants to accomplish in your soul.

What season is it?

You may want to pray “Lord, may I…  rest in You”

 

Rick Rhoads
Professor of Student Min at Lancaster Bible College
Rick is the Director of the Student Ministry Majors at Lancaster Bible College. He has served as an Assistant Professor in Student Ministry at LBC for the past 7 years. Over the past 18 years, he has served in various Student Ministry roles at Lebanon Valley YFC, LCBC, Calvary Bible Church, and Riverbend Community Church. Rick, his wife Naomi, and their two children Grace and Eli live East Petersburg, PA.
  1. Jeremiah Dowling02-13-12

    Rick,

    I love this concept. I’ve always seen life by its seasons, and love how you brought all the seasons into a spiritual light.

    I suppose for me right now I’m in a ‘summer season’ both spiritually and emotionally. I’m ready for adventure, and mystery; I’m ready for life and fullness.

    Thanks for this post man, you are always a blessing!

    In Christ,
    Jeremiah

  2. Elisa Parmer02-13-12

    Rick,

    Thanks for reminding me of this concept, and encouraging me to take time to sit in the season i am in, and seek out God’s purpose for that time.

    For a while it has seemed to bounce from winter to spring and back again. But I can sense that I am jumping into autumn. May I be present in the season in which He has placed me.

    I love you bro,
    Elisa